ViaSat and Eutelsat to develop consumer broadband by satellite services for Europe
Monday, February 19th, 2007
Eutelsat Communications and ViaSat Inc today announced a new cooperation agreement to jointly offer affordable, high-quality consumer broadband satellite service in underserved markets in Europe. The new partnership will bring together Eutelsat, Europe’s leading satellite operator and its Skylogic broadband affiliate, with ViaSat, a producer of innovative satellite networking systems. Starting from June 2007, the service will use Ka-band capacity on Eutelsat’s Hot Bird™ 6 satellite, with hub operations supplied by Skylogic from its SkyPark teleport in Turin, Italy.
Under terms of the joint commercial cooperation agreement, commercial services in selected western European markets including Germany, Switzerland, Spain, and Portugal will start to roll out from June 2007. Eutelsat will provide additional capacity for any expansion of services on its Ka-band and/or Ku-band satellites, which provide comprehensive coverage of Europe and the Mediterranean Basin.
PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that by 2010, 58.1 percent (94.8 million) of households in Western Europe will be broadband households, up from 29.9 percent in 2005. Broadband access spending will increase by 12.9 percent compounded annually to $48.2 billion in 2010.
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